June Book Donations

On Thursday, June 8, Lions Club members Kathy, Peter, John and Sally distributed 267 hard-cover books to each Moultonborough Central School student in grades Pre-K through 6, their teachers and one copy of each book to the library.

It was so heartwarming to see the students immediately open their books and start looking at the pages or reading, including the kindergarten students who were pointing to all the words they already know how to read.  The enthusiasm and smiles are why this is our second year in a row of doing this.  Also of significance is passing on the love of books and reading to the next generation.

Look at the joy in the slideshow below…

Then on Monday, June 12 the Moultonborough Lions donated 138 hard cover books to all the students (K-6) in the Tuftonboro Central School.  Mark, John, Peter and Kathy Allen and Sally talked about how the Lions serve — and many of the students remembered us doing the vision screening earlier in the school year.  In the fourth grade classroom, the teacher, Mr. Bloomer,suggested that the students bring in no longer used eye glasses from home to school to be collected by the Lions.

The major credit for this year and last year’s book donations goes to John Menken for being the liaison with all three school, ordering the books, arranging for times to go to the schools, and for literally doing most of the heavy lifting — of boxes and boxes of books.

More June Activities

On Saturday, June 10 the sun came out (as did the temperatures) for our work day at the bunkhouse at Camp Pride that we have “adopted.”  Thanks to Lion Dawn and her husband who worked before and after this day to put coats on the floor, to Dawn for painting the counselor’s room, and to Kathy Allen for sewing all the curtains.  Our outdoor sanders and stain trimmers were Lloyd, Pete Strople, John Menken, and Mark Cotrupi.  And Kathy and Sally had the wonderful job of cleaning the bathrooms.

 

June 2017 Lions Club Scholarships Awarded

Moultonborough Lions Club members Joe & Pat Keegan attended the Scholarship dinner at the Meredith Community Center on Wednesday and awarded four $1,000 Scholarships to students living in Center Harbor… Kailee Bennett (Bicentennial Trust), Nicholas Manville, Tyler Reid, and Justin Tinker.

 

On Monday night Lion(s) Dawn Law and Joanne Lau attended the Moultonborough Academy Scholarship dinner at Geneva Point and awarded $10,000 to the following recipients…Megan Duddy (Bicentennial Trust), Matthew Anderson, Sare Campbell, Hannah Finnegan, Mackenzie Kessler, Brianna Lear, Kelsey Make, Dylan McLaughlin, Angela Mudgett, and Noah Smith. No requests were received from Kingswood.

In addition to awarding these scholarships, the Moultonborough Lions invite the recipients and their parents to a special recognition dinner in July. This dinner has become a tradition with the club over the years and includes invites to the Annie Forts “UP” Syndrome Fund scholarship recipients and any Eagle Scouts from club sponsored Troop 142.   (written by Pat Keegan).

May

Quite the month, including a day of 90+ temperatures, snow elsewhere in the state, and our share of rain.

At the monthly dinner meeting we had the pleasure of hosting the Annie Up Fund Board of Directors.  Both Lynn Leighton and Lion Mike Lancor spoke about the Fund–its history and the various uses of the money.  During dinner we were treated to a wonderful story of Annie’s life which was put together by her brother-in-law for her March celebration.  It was a wonderful montage of Annie’s childhood, her family, her spirit, and her meetings with politicians and celebrities…as well as her amazing positivity and telling everyone they were her favorite person.

And because the weather is getting so nice, it is time to start our summer project of beautifying and maintaining the upper section of Sutherland Park.  Pete Strople and Sally Sibulkin spent some time Sunday morning weeding, but more needs to be done before we purchase the annuals and bark mulch.

And remember, White Cane Day will be observed on Saturday, May 27.  Stop by and say hi to Peter and Kathy Allen, Joe and Pat Keegan, Ed and Sandy Meskys, Bob Purdy, Pete Strople, John Menken, Sally Sibulkin, Mark Cotrupi and Don Trudeau AND the SCOUTS at both Heath’s Hardware and Heath’s Supermarket. from 9-3.

April 2017

Now that April is almost at a close, we will be getting back many of our members.  Welcome to those who came back in time for the April dinner meeting and a future welcome to those we will see in May.

Speaking of the dinner meeting, we were treated to an interesting talk from Walter Johnson, the Town Administrator.  He spoke of many things including the new solar power station to be built on the Neck Road and the cost of the cleanup and repair to the town from the brutal March storm.

We also did three vision screenings in April in which we screened over 170 children.  We were at Imaginations on the 18th, the Sandwich Children Center on the 17th, and Tuftonboro Central school on the 11th.  Below is a photo of President and OKS Coordinator, Mark Cotrupi explaining the vision screener to a group of kindergarten students.

March is Marching On

March is also a celebration of reading and Dr. Seuss in many of the schools in our area.  To coordinate with that, we distributed the books we bought — one for each of the 79 students — for the students at Sandwich Central School.  What a treat to see them all at the assembly in their Cat-in-the-Hat hats.  The school also let John and I wear one when we went into a classroom afterwards to read a Dr. Seuss book the Primary Multiage Class.  Peter and Kathy Allen also read a Dr. Seuss book to the Middle Multiage Class.

And speaking of reading….on three Wednesdays in March Lions Pat K., Joe, Sally, and Dawn were read to by MCS students in the two Kindergarten classes.  On one Wednesday Dawn and Sally were treated to the second grade students reading us the book reviews they had just finished writing and then being read a selection of their favorite books.  The pride in their eyes at their accomplishments was a joy to behold.

In March we also finally held the induction ceremony for James Duddy

Moultonborough Lions Club President Mark Cotrupi, newly inducted Lion Jim Duddy with his sponsor Lion Dawn Law and Multiple District 44 Council Secretary/Treasurer GMT Steve Middlemiss.

This was done at the dinner meeting where we donned Irish hats, ate corned beef and some “Irish” coffee.

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Also, on Friday, March 24 we sponsored a Red Cross blood drive at the Club.  Coordinated by President Mark Cotrupi, Sally Sibulkin, Peter Strople, and John Menken helped facilitate the drive.  Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate.  It started snowing around 9:30 and we got 6 inches of wet, heavy snow, which deterred walk-in donors.  However, 31 donors did manage to come.

February into March 2017

In spite of all the snow at the beginning of February, we managed to hold both our February meetings and all but one of the Tuesday night Bingo events.

In case people have not heard, on January 24, Governor Chris Sununu proclaimed 2017 to be the Year of the Lion in NH, recognizing the many services provided by Lions Clubs across the state.

READING IN THE SCHOOLS:  On four separate days in February, the following Lions read to students in grades K-2 at Moultonborough Central School:  Joe and Pat Keegan, John Menken, Mark Cotrupi, Peter and Kathy Allen, Dawn Law and Sally Sibulkin.  In March, we will have a special treat in store for us — on four Wednesdays in a row we will be read TO by the Kindergarten students.

The February dinner meeting, started at 6:30 with a social half hour followed by a Pot Luck dinner. There was more food than even double the number of members who attended could consume. Everything was delicious, but from what I heard, the favorite dish was the minestrone soup created by Larry LaPoint’s wife. The appetizers prepared by Don Trudeau’s wife were also a hit as well as three decadent desserts.  Actually, everything was delicious!!!

Unfortunately, we lost a fellow Lion in February — William Schultz.  Bill had been a Lion for 29 years and served on many committees, was president of the club, and exemplified the Lion Motto: We Serve.

We also finally purchased a new raffle wheel for our raffle sales.  The old one finally broke down.  The new one is gold —  like the pot of goldIMG_2820

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which leads us into more March happenings:

March 5: Meet the Candidate Night at the Lions Club, beginning at 6:30

March 6: Board and Business Meetings. Board starts at 6:30; business meeting at 7:00

March 9: Vision Screening in Thornton  and Distributing new books to all the students at Sandwich Central School

March 10: Remembering Annie Forts – UP Fund-raising celebration. This will be at Church Landing from 7-10pm. Tickets are $25/person or $45 for two and can be purchased online, at George’s Diner or from Don Trudeau.

Sunday, March 12: District 44H Cabinet Meeting in Nashua.

March 20: Dinner Meeting (back to the regular 6-7 social hour time)

March 24: Blood Drive at the Lions Club (9 am – 2 pm)..

January 2017

The speaker for our January dinner meting was Marylee Gorham, Executive Director of the NH Humane Society (on Meredith Center Road). Peter Allen, who is on the Board of the Humane Society proposed that we have Marylee as our speaker; and it was an excellent idea.

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I never knew that the Humane Center was originally a Woman’s Humane Society. In the past 20 or so years, the NH Humane Society has built a beautiful new complex, increased the number of pets that be cared for, medically treated and adopted.

Puppy Love and Cat Tails are volunteer programs for children and one project that is in the works in Catio (a outdoor socialization space for cats). She mentioned how the veterinarian at the Society does so much good.

Marylee offered to take us around the complex (any days but Monday and Wednesday when it is closed). You can also check out their website to see ways that individuals can volunteer or adopt or donate. And speaking of donations, we Lions gave Marylee a $200 check for the Humane Society.

President Mark presented Pat Strickland with a plaque honoring her 15 years of dedication to Bingo…all the countless hours and worries and tasks involved in providing this entertainment to the surrounding communities.

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And Pete Strople showed us the First Place Plaque given to us by the town of Moultonborough for our adoption of the upper part of Sutherland Garden, with special thanks to Marion Powers for planting over 100 annuals.

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What happens to the eyeglasses Lions collect?

When you drop a pair of well-used, no longer needed eyeglasses into one of the Lions’ collection baskets or boxes, dod you realize that each pair has a long journey ahead.  From that collection box it might go to Mexico, Uganda, the Philippines, Brazil, Egypt — eventually all over the world.  But first it has to be sorted locally (in Hampton, NH) and then in Virginia for further processing.  All the work is done by volunteers.

The Hampton Lions Club check and sort all the glasses received from District 44H Lions Clubs.  Further sorting is completed at a second local site, and after being counted and packaged, those glasses are on their way to Roanoke, VA.

In Roanoke, the Lions maintain one of several national recycling centers for used glasses.  When the glasses arrive there, each pair of glasses or sunglasses is once again inspected, then checked by machine for exact magnification and prescription, cleaned, and sorted by prescription.  There, they wait until a request comes in from a doctor who has been to clinics in the third world countries and who can match a pair of glasses through an exam to someone who has perhaps never before been able to see properly.  That pair of glasses is shipped out to that individual.  THERE ARE MORE REQUESTS AT ROANOKE THAN THERE ARE GLASSES TO FILL THEM.  Please remember our donation boxes and tell your friends when you have old pairs of glasses that no longer fit your needs.  They may get to change a life in a far-off place.

 

December 2016

Well the snow finally appeared, and even though it is just the 7th of December as I write this, we Lions have been busy:

We (Mark, Joe, Pat K, both Peters, Sally and Marion plus one member from the Women’s Club — Barbara Koehler) decorated the Club for Christmas on Friday the second of December so that all can enjoy the lights and wreaths and tree for an entire month.  Forgot to take a photo,but hopefully all of you will see it and the Christmas Dinner meeting on Monday, December 12 (remember to bring in a book — for children 6 months to 18 years — to be donated to CHAD at the January Mid-Winter Convention).

Then there was the Holiday Fair at the Moultonborough Central School.  It was our last day for the raffle.  Thanks to the sales skills of Bob and Betty Purdy, Joe and Pat Keegan, Dawn Law, Joanne Lau, Don Trudeau, and Peter Strople we took in  $1,312 in sales that day!

I so want to title this photo:  “Please let me draw MY ticket; I’m really concentrating and not looking.”

unnamed-2The winning ticket was drawn at 1 pm by Christine and was a gentleman from Topsfield, Massachusetts who has a summer home on the Neck Road near Kona .  Thanks to all who purchased tickets we will be able to continue giving several good scholarships to college-bound students.

President Mark and Secretary Sally did vision screening at the Fair for the second year in a row.  We screened 65 children with 7 referrals to see an eye doctor.

Friday, December 9, we celebrated the first (hopefully, annual) Cookies and Caroling at the Moultonborough Lions Club from 1-3 pm.  Peter Allen,second vice-president of the Lions and on the Board of Directors of the Inter-Lakes Community Caregivers, proposed a joint venture between the two service organizations.  Peter is a retired music teacher and has been hosting cookies and caroling in various forms over the years.  Peter also provided the music sheets for everyone, played the piano, and asked Christmas trivia questions.  The Community Caregivers provided items for raffle and the Lions baked the cookies — which filled four tables!!!!!  Approximately 50 “neighbors” were in attendance with about 20 members of both the Lions and Caregivers.  A Great time was had by all.  Check out the slide show below.

And thanks go out to four Lions members — Mike and Kate Lancor and Eileen and Bob Zewski — who spent four hours in front of the Plymouth Walmart ringing the Salvation Army bells.

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